By fostering philanthropic investment, the UF Health Cancer Center Office of Development supports the center in its mission of advancing cancer research, education and patient care. The Office of Development focuses on individual philanthropy, working with University of Florida alumni, private foundations and corporations, friends of the center and grateful patients. They also work with both university and community partners, such as the Cancer Center Leadership Council and local nonprofit organizations, on awareness and fundraising events.
The Climb for Cancer Foundation was founded in 2003 by Ron and Dianne Farb, following Ron’s sister’s breast cancer diagnosis. Today, this nonprofit organizes group climbs around the world, on summits such as Kilimanjaro, to raise funds for patient-focused initiatives at UF Health. To date, Climb for Cancer has raised more than $1.5 million. In 2020, Climb for Cancer has awarded more than $100,000 to UF Health researchers and programs Included in Climb for Cancer 2020 funding was support for Project CONTINUITY (CONnecTing hIgh risk aNd Underserved Individuals To care in the community), led by Dr. Betsy Shenkman.
The Ocala Royal Dames’ mission is to support educational programs and activities that promote, enhance and further cancer research and education on a local and regional level. Comprising more than 240 women from the local community, the Dames host a number of events throughout the year to fund their philanthropic mission, including the Tiara Ball. To date, the Dames have provided more than $1.5 million in research support to UF, as well as support for continuing medical education for residents and clinicians.
Founded in 2016 by Barb Thomas and Terry Weber, both breast cancer survivors, the primary mission of Survivors for Research is to raise funds to provide opportunities for research, education and service to enhance the lives of those affected by triple-negative breast cancer. Through events such as their annual Tea for a Cure and Party on the Patio, Survivors for Research has invested $20,000 in cancer research at the UF Health Cancer Center.
Founded in 1981 by Howard and Laurel Freeman, Stop Children’s Cancer began as the vision of their daughter, Bonnie, to raise $1 million to end children’s cancer. Thirty-seven years and more than $8 million later, Stop Children’s Cancer has been an integral part of bringing clinical trials to the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and the UF Health Cancer Center.